Events Archive


Event Date: 2019-06-03

Event Price: FREE EVENT

Professorial Inaugural Lecture: The EUropean rule of law and its limits

Professor Theodore Konstandinides, School of Law

The EU is a community based on law which adheres to and promotes a set of common values between the Member States. The preservation of these values is pivotal to the success of European integration and the well-being of the individuals within it. Just a few months before the UK leaves the EU, this lecture will ask whether the EU is based on the rule of law – a question which is answered in the affirmative, but one which has to be considered in the context of the limits of compliance and the overall effectiveness of the enforcement of common values in the Member States

Event Date: 2019-06-06

Event Price: £11

Tedx: Metamorphosis

The TEDx Society presents: Metamorphosis


Metamorphosis scientifically is the process of a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. The caterpillar must go through a period in the chrysalis before it comes out transformed. In life we have different experiences and phases where we go through a period of change, whether it’s a single event or a period of time, we all have been through or may go through our own metamorphosis. The chrysalis is personal, it’s something that has shaped us in some way. The beauty of it is that it is different for everyone.

This day will entail various talks from students, researchers and professionals sharing their metamorphosis journey and area of interest.

Tickets for this event are limited to 100, so book yours fast!


Event Date: 2019-05-28

Event Price: FREE EVENT

Professorial Inaugural Lecture : How can creativity flourish under constraints?

Professor Shohini Chaudhuri
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

How can creativity flourish under constraints?

In international news, the Middle East is frequently portrayed as a crisis ‘hotspot’. Filmmakers often attempt to go beyond standard news images and narratives of crisis, and usually have to confront numerous constraints and personal risks to tell their stories. In this lecture, Professor Shohini Chaudhuri explores the types of constraints that filmmakers face when they make films in the region and the creative strategies they are using to overcome them.

Suleima © Jalal Maghout

Author Dina Nayeri

Event Date: 2019-05-16

Event Price: Free entry

Words with…Dina Nayeri

Born during the Iranian revolution, Dina Nayeri was eight years old when she fled the country and lived as a refugee before being granted asylum in the United States two years later.

Dina is a prize-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, whose previous two novels have been translated into 14 languages and published in 20 countries.

Working with the University of Essex Library, we have invited her to talk about her past work and her new book The Ungrateful Refugee, sharing a title with her acclaimed Guardian Long Read published in 2017. This is her first work of narrative non-fiction, whereby she tells her own story alongside those of other asylum seekers in recent years, exploring real stories of what it is to be made to leave your home and cross borders hoping for a fresh start.

Tickets are free but spaces are limited so BOOK HERE to guarantee your place.

Actor James Cordon in lead image

Event Date: 2019-09-26

Event Price: Advance Prices: £8.50 UoE Students/ £10 Concessions/ £13 Full. More on the door.

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors

By Richard Bean
based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding

Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart.  Simple.

Event Date: 2019-07-25

Event Price: Advance Prices: £8.50 UoE Students/ £10 Concessions/ £13 Full. More on the door.

NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy

by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power
directed by Sam Mendes

The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.

Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.

On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins.

163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.

This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be broadcast live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.

Event Date: 2019-03-09

Event Price: Pay What You Can £2.50/£5/£7.50/£10/£12.50/£15

NT Connections: Salt

Salt by Dawn King
Lakeside Youth Theatre
Life is never plain sailing, but when a new government initiative comes into place offering young people the chance to train and learn skills overseas, droves of teens jump at the chance to secure their future. Once on board the transport ship, the promises of the glossy advert seem a far cry from what lies ahead.
A play about generations, choices and hope.
Age Guideline: 14+
Band Rubber jaw

Event Date: 2019-03-15

Event Price: Full Price: £7/Concessions: £5

Rubber Jaw: Single Release Concert

Rubber Jaw celebrate their second single ‘Freaking Out’ on Creation 23 with a one-off release concert.

Following the success of their debut single ‘Feeling Funny’ Essex three piece, Rubber Jaw, are back with ‘Freaking Out’. Visceral drums, unsettling synths and symphonic guitars engulf pleading vocals that form the band’s latest outing of meticulous sonic mayhem. Continuing their DIY ethos, the self directed accompanying video peers into the fleeting world in which the band’s aesthetic exists. ‘Freaking Out’ comes out on 7″ inch ‘Neutral’ vinyl with artwork by the band.

Alan Mcgee “They are devastating, they’re going to be a very big band”

Joined by special guests on the night don’t miss out on this one off performance.

Event Date: 2019-03-21

Event Price: £6 UoE Students/£10 Concession/£15 Full. Advance Prices. More on the door.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed By Danie McIntyre and Hannah Young

Shakespeare’s a Midsummer Night’s Dream follows Hermia, a young woman who flees Ancient Athens with her lover Lysander only to be followed by her suitor Demetrius and her best friend Helena. All four encounter an enchanted forest where they spark the interest of fairies who are fascinated with human affairs. From dispensing love potions to casting enchanted spells one of Shakespeare’s most renowned comedies takes us on a journey of love which is misplaced, lost and consequently restored.

Event Date: 2019-06-04

Event Price: Advance Prices £5. More on the Door

The Homecoming

By Harold Pinter

Directed By Ruby McIlroy

Teddy hasn’t seen his family in six years. When he brings home his wife to introduce  her to his working class male driven family, but this is an introduction he will soon regret. A tale of deceit, emotional blackmail and seduction change the lives of everyone involved

Homecomings are an exciting time for families and loved ones, but Pinter’s version of this “homecoming” is anything but traditional, and what appears realistic quickly shifts into parody. Teddy hasn’t seen his home in six years. When he brings back his wife to introduce her to his working class male driven family, this is an introduction he will soon regret. Along the way, Ruth meets Max, the aging but still aggressive patriarch; his younger, ineffectual brother Sam; and two of Max’s three sons, neither of whom is married — Lenny, a small-time pimp, and Joey, who dreams of success as a boxer. Ruth’s interactions with these men talk on a tale of deceit, emotional blackmail and seduction and change the lives of everyone involved. The Homecoming has been subject to mass debate over the past forty years, and is still regarded today as one of Pinter’s most absurd plays.